Who is Te Ara?

Staff

Te Ara is managed and updated by the Research & Publishing Group at Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage in Wellington, New Zealand. Te Ara was built over a number of years and released in themes. Staff who worked on each theme are listed below. 

Ongoing development of Te Ara is an important part of the Research & Publishing Group's work. The team responsible includes:

Imelda Bargas (content lead), Martha van Drunen (production editor), David Green (content editor), Dean Johnston (designer) Jamie Mackay (production lead), Gareth Phipps (production editor) and Julia Vodanovich (design lead). Additional editorial and technical support is provided by members of the Heritage Content Team (led by Neill Atkinson, Chief Historian) and the Production Team (led by Matthew Oliver, Production Manager).

Creative and Intellectual Life (2014) and Daily Life, Sport and Recreation (2013):

Jock Phillips (senior editor), Basil Keane (Māori editor), David Green (theme editor, sports), Janine Faulknor (manager; team leader, resources)

Kristy Mayes (lead designer), Ross Somerville (production manager), Nancy Swarbrick (managing editor)

Peter Clayworth (writer), Megan Cook (writer), Mark Derby (writer), Philothea Flynn (rights administrator; community liaison; resource researcher, Daily Life), Marguerite Hill (resource researcher), Johanna Knox (editor), Melanie Lovell-Smith (senior resource researcher), Dean Johnston (designer), Tamahou McGarvey (translator), Angela Mitchell (administrator), Andy Palmer (rights administrator, community liaison, production assistant), Kerryn Pollock (writer), Helen Rickerby (production editor), Ben Schrader (writer), Emily Tutaki (resource researcher), Julia Vodanovich (designer), Caren Wilton (production editor)

Government and Nation (2012):

Jock Phillips (general editor), Basil Keane (Māori editor), Stephen Levine and Nigel Roberts (theme editors)

Janine Faulknor (team leader, resources), Heath Sadlier (lead designer), Ross Somerville (production manager), Nancy Swarbrick (Managing editor)

Peter Clayworth (writer), Megan Cook (writer), Mark Derby (writer), Emma Dewson (resource researcher), Philothea Flynn (rights administrator, community liaison), Marguerite Hill (resource researcher), Melanie Lovell-Smith (senior resource researcher), Dean Johnston (designer), Rangi McGarvey (translator), Tamahou McGarvey (translator), Kristy Mayes (designer), Angela Mitchell (administrator), Andy Palmer (rights administrator, community liaison), Kerryn Pollock (writer), Helen Rickerby (production editor), Ben schrader (writer), Emily Tutaki (resource researcher), Julia Vodanovich (designer), Carl Walrond (writer), Caren Wilton (production editor)

Social Connections (2010):

Jock Phillips (general editor), Basil Keane (Māori editor), Rosemary Du Plessis (theme editor)

Janine Faulknor (team leader, resources), Heath Sadlier (lead designer), Ross Somerville (production manager), Nancy Swarbrick (managing editor)

Megan Cook (writer), Mark Derby (writer), Emma Dewson (resource researcher), Philothea Flynn (rights administrator, community liaison), Jennifer Garlick (production editor), Marguerite Hill (resource researcher), Melanie Lovell-Smith (senior resource researcher), Rangi McGarvey (translator), Tamahou McGarvey (translator), Kristy Mayes (designer), Angela Mitchell (administrator), Andy Palmer (rights administrator, community liaison), Kerryn Pollock (writer), Helen Rickerby (production editor), Ben schrader (writer), Emily Tutaki (resource researcher), Julia Vodanovich (designer), Carl Walrond (writer), Caren Wilton (production editor)

Economy and the City (2010):

Jock Phillips (general editor), Basil Keane (Māori editor), Malcolm McKinnon and Ben Schrader (theme editors)

Janine Faulknor (team leader, resources), Heath Sadlier (lead designer), Ross Somerville (production manager), Nancy Swarbrick (managing editor)

Megan Cook (writer), Mark Derby (writer), Emma Dewson (resource researcher), Philothea Flynn (rights administrator, community liaison), Jennifer Garlick (production editor), Marguerite Hill (resource researcher), Melanie Lovell-Smith (senior resource researcher), Rangi McGarvey (translator), Tamahou McGarvey (translator), Kristy Mayes (designer), Angela Mitchell (administrator), Andy Palmer (rights administrator, community liaison), Kerryn Pollock (writer), Helen Rickerby (production editor), Jane Tolerton (writer), Emily Tutaki (resource researcher), Julia Vodanovich (designer), Carl Walrond (writer), Sarah Wilcox (writer), Caren Wilton (production editor)

The Settled Landscape (2008):

Jock Phillips (general editor), Basil Keane (Māori editor), Allan Gillingham (theme editor)

Helene Coulson (lead designer), Janine Faulknor (team leader, resources), Heath Sadlier (lead designer), Ross Somerville (production manager), Nancy Swarbrick (managing editor), Shirley Williams (team leader, resources)

Tessa Copland (production editor), Emma Dewson (resource researcher), Philothea Flynn (rights administrator, community liaison), Jennifer Garlick (production editor), Marguerite Hill (resource researcher), Melanie Lovell-Smith (senior resource researcher), Rangi McGarvey (translator), Tamahou McGarvey (translator), Kristy Mayes (designer), Angela Mitchell (administrator), Fiona Oliver (production editor), Andy Palmer (rights administrator, community liaison), Robert Peden (writer), Helen Rickerby (production editor), Deb Sidelinger (community researcher), Emily Tutaki (resource researcher), Julia Vodanovich (designer), Olivia Walley (administrator), Carl Walrond (writer), Maggy Wassilieff (writer), Caren Wilton (production editor)

The Bush (2007):

Jock Phillips (general editor), Basil Keane (Māori editor), Simon Nathan (theme editor)

Helene Coulson (lead designer), Ross Somerville (production manager), Nancy Swarbrick (managing editor), Shirley Williams (team leader, resources)

Tessa Copland (production editor), Dawn Deavin (administrator), Emma Dewson (resource researcher), Janette Hart (rights administrator), Melanie Lovell-Smith (resource researcher), Rangi McGarvey (translator), Tamahou McGarvey (translator), Alastair McLean (resource researcher), Fiona Oliver (production editor), Gareth Railton (designer), Heath Sadlier (designer), Leanne Tamaki (resource researcher), Christina Troup (writer), Emily Tutaki (resource researcher), Julia Vodanovich (designer), Carl Walrond (writer), Maggy Wassilieff (writer), Caren Wilton (production editor)

Earth, Sea and Sky (2006):

Jock Phillips (general editor), Basil Keane (Māori editor), Simon Nathan (theme editor)

Helene Coulson (lead designer), Ross Somerville (production manager), Nancy Swarbrick (managing editor), Shirley Williams (team leader, resources)

Tessa Copland (production editor), Emma Dewson (resource researcher), Kynan Gentry (resource researcher), Janette Hart (administrator), Gerard Hutching (writer), Melanie Lovell-Smith (resource researcher), Rangi McGarvey (translator), Tamahou McGarvey (translator), Alastair McLean (resource researcher), Fiona Oliver (production editor), Gareth Railton (designer), Heath Sadlier (designer), Leanne Tamaki (resource researcher), Christina Troup (writer), Emily Tutaki (resource researcher), Carl Walrond (writer), Maggy Wassilieff (writer)

Māori New Zealanders, New Zealand Peoples and New Zealand in Brief (2005):

Jock Phillips (general editor), Rangi McGarvey (Māori editor)

Ross Somerville (production manager), Nancy Swarbrick (managing editor), Shirley Williams (team leader, resources)

Tessa Copland (writer and editor), Helene Coulson (designer), Emma Dewson (resource researcher), Virginia Gow (production editor), Janette Hart (administrator), Melanie Lovell-Smith (resource researcher), Tamahou McGarvey (translator), Michael O'Leary (checker), Fiona Oliver (production editor), Gareth Railton (designer), Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (writer), Leanne Tamaki (resource researcher), Rāwiri Taonui (writer), Carl Walrond (writer), John Wilson (writer)

Places (2005–2012):

Malcolm McKinnon (theme editor), Claudia Orange (theme editor)

Janine Faulknor, Melanie Lovell-Smith, Shirley Williams (resource researchers)

Te Ara Advisory Committee

The development of Te Ara was assisted by an advisory committee with the following membership:

Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer (chair), lawyer and former prime minister of New Zealand (1989–90)

Dr Bronwyn Dalley, formerly Chief Historian, Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (Bronwyn worked on developing the initial plans for Te Ara.)

Lloyd Davis, Associate Professor of Zoology, University of Otago, and Director of the post-graduate diploma in natural history film making and communication

Allison Dobbie, General Manager, Auckland Libraries

Dr Geoff Hicks, Manager Science and Research and Chief Technical Officer, Department of Conservation

Professor Roger Horrocks, formerly chair of the Department of Film, TV and Media Studies, University of Auckland

Eric Pawson, Professor of Geography, Canterbury University

Paul Spoonley, Professor of Sociology, Massey University (Albany)

Margaret Tennant, formerly Professor of History, Massey University

Ranginui Walker, Emeritus Professor of Māori, University of Auckland

Dr Lydia Wevers, Director of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

Te Ara Wānanga

The Māori side of Te Ara was prepared under the advice of Te Ara Wānanga:

Emeritus Professor Ranginui Walker (Te Whakatōhea), chair

Peter Adds (Te Āti Awa), Head of School, Te Kawa a Māori – School of Māori Studies, Victoria University

Dr Maria Bargh (Te Arawa, Ngāti Kearoa, Ngāti Tuara, Ngāti Awa), Lecturer, Te Kawa a Māori – School of Māori Studies, Victoria University

Professor Mason Durie (Rangitāne), Assistant Vice Chancellor (Māori ), Massey University

Edward Ellison (Ngāi Tahu), Deputy Kaiwhakahaere, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Professor Ngapare Hopa (Tainui), formerly Professor of Māori Studies, University of Auckland

Dr Kathie Irwin (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu), Principal Analyst, Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal (Marutūahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāpuhi), formerly professor and director of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga,  a centre of research excellence at the University of Auckland

Hone Sadler (Ngāpuhi), lecturer, Māori Studies, University of Auckland

Professor Piri Sciascia (Ngāti Kahungunu), Pro Vice Chancellor (Māori), Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Rāwiri Taonui (Te Hikutu, Ngāti Rora, Te Kapotai), Head of School, Aotahi – School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury

Mere Whaanga (Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu), formerly Fellow in Māori History, Ministry for Culture and Heritage; writer

Martin Wikaira (Ngāti Tūwharetoa), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Pātaka Committee

The Pātaka Committee has provided advice on the use of images and media:

Allison Dobbie, Auckland Libraries (chair)

Dianne Macaskill, Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o Te Kāwanatanga

Priscilla Pitts, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Te Pouhere Taonga

Diane Pivac, New Zealand Film Archive

Bruce Ralston, Auckland Museum

Major supporters

Te Ara has depended on the help and co-operation of many individuals and public and private institutions in New Zealand. Certain organisations have made an outstanding contribution. We have recognised this by giving them the designation of ‘Major Supporter of Te Ara’. The following are recognised in this way for their special assistance:

Alexander Turnbull Library
Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o Te Kāwanatanga
Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Auckland Libraries – Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero
Christchurch Art Gallery  Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Department of Conservation
Fairfax NZ
Getty Images
GNS Science
Hocken Library, University of Otago
Landcare Research – Manaaki Whenua
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
National Library of New Zealand – Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
Natural History New Zealand
Natural Sciences Image Library of New Zealand
New Zealand Electronic Text Collection
New Zealand Herald
Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision
NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
NZ On Screen
Otago Daily Times
Photosport
Radio New Zealand  Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa
Statistics New Zealand
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – Māori Language Commission
TV3
TVNZ Television New Zealand